What do you get if you cross Australian and Russian industrial music? Nova State Machine and they are going to be releasing their back catalogue in the form of EPs, as spanking new remixes.
Nova State Machine is the collaborative brainchild of Sydney sider Craig Saunders who is also know as SiK from the band Novakill and moscovite Dima Ilyn who is best known for his band, Ultimate Soldier.
The first EP to get the treatment is TCZ RMXs 001: Harsh Reality, which is made up of four songs off the Total Control Zone album, from 2019 on the lads own label, Shoknova.
“Harsh Reality” Shokhammer remix by Novakill is a fantastic number to start off with. Who doesn’t like hard and fast tempo straight up to get the blood pumping. Novakill is Saunders main project and sometimes it’s a worry having the band do their own remixes but not here.
Making themselves a “Hard Target – insurgent mix” by giving a pounding industrial electro upgrade to this piece of hardware. This is a nice body rocking piece and no body armour required.
The cry to war in “Never More” is the Ultimate Soldier RMX. Using sound clips of news based around the Kurds and the war against the Taliban, this is less doof power and more thinking man’s electro synth. Not to say there isn’t still a driving purpose but this is has a certain amount of finesse. Ultimate Soldier is the Russian project for Dima Ilyn.
“The Future” has the Uncertainty mix by Holon gracing it. This is a slow build up, spiraling and growing. Beautiful synth chords that seem to go on towards….. well we don’t know yet because it’s the future. For those those who are unaware, Holon is an electro ambient group.
This is a rather cleverly put together EP when you think about it. “Harsh Reality” is the current view, “Hard Target” is what is required to survive, “Never More” is what is desired and “The Future” is the unknown.
TCZ RMXs 001: Harsh Reality has an impressively good quality production and worthwhile supporting to hear what other exciting remixes will follow and who will be involved in this endeavour. Nova State Machine has given us an impressive example how industrial music is ever evolving. Get some in your ears and the best bit is that you can name your price on bandcamp. Ace!